Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Kepa Arrizabalaga reveals how Pepe Reina convinced him to join Chelsea

Kepa Arrizabalaga reveals how Pepe Reina convinced him to join Chelsea

Courtois, who had less than a year left on his Chelsea contract, wanted to move to Spain for personal reasons.

Chelsea have completed the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao for £71m - a world record for a goalkeeper.

Chelsea's focus remains on keeping Hazard in spite of Madrid's interest, but the playmaker will enter the final year of his contract next summer and Courtois is hopeful that his Belgium teammate will rejoin him at his new club.

Kepa became the most expensive goalkeeper when Chelsea made a decision to meet the buyout clause in his contract with Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, eclipsing the £56m that Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson last month.

Chelsea snapped up the 23-year-old Spaniard after triggering his whopping £71 million release clause.

Kepa played 30 times in La Liga for Bilbao last season and kept seven clean sheets as the Basque side finished 16th in the table.

Thibaut Courtois has had to delete his farewell message to Chelsea fans after receiving too much abuse.

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Just an hour or so after Thibaut Courtois had faced the cameras in Madrid, the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa was presented to the English media.

"There won't be additional pressure one me".

This sort of situation is also not new for the Belgian who already had to face ousting another exceptionally talented keeper, Peter Cech. "I don't really think about the price".

"Today is the day I leave my Athletic home, it is a day of mixed feelings to leave the club I joined as a nine-year-old, ” wrote Kepa".

"I think I will be able to adapt", he said.

Sanchez had previously played in England with Aston Villa and he said: "I always maintained the same desire to return and here I am, with the same mission, with the same desire and dream". "I knew some of the players in the current team because I had played with them in the Spanish national team, even in the World Cup", he said.

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